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Navigating Las Vegas….and a thank you to my patrons!

I know I have no career ahead of me as a travel vlogger…but I couldn’t resist. And there’s treats in the middle and at the end of the video…hopefully ones that’ll make it worth all the escalators!

Now this video was not brought to you by my patrons (see “how am I using Patreon” below), but I thought today I’d talk a little about Patreon, what it is, and what I’m learning about how best to use it. Hopefully this will be helpful to other Patreon creators as well as those wondering if they want to support any of their favorite creators there.

What is it? It’s a site that allows creators – specifically YouTube creators – to have a place for fans to support them. It’s like kickstarter but instead of one giant project (like recording an album), it’s for little regular creations. That’s what made me think I as a crafter could do it, even though the majority of creators on the site are musicans.

Why would someone become a patron? Because they want to encourage creativity! You can find your favorite creators on the site, pledge a buck for each of their creations, and nudge them along to doing cooler stuff. Lots of us could use better cameras, lighting, and other supplies, and the idea that our videos could bring in a little assistance makes us more willing to invest time, effort, and resources into them.

What does it cost? It’s whatever the patron wants. I think the safest way to get into being a patron (I learned this by becoming a patron for a few artists) is to start by pledging a buck per video. Nobody’s going to go broke that way, and you can test out the creator for a few months that way, and see what they do, how much they do, and if you think it’s worth more. I started out at a high number on a few, and got a little freaked out when I found out what it’d cost me. I could adjust the amount, but I’d recommend starting at a buck and working up rather than the other way.

You can also set a cap on your patronage, too. Pledge a high amount, but set the max at one video, so you know what your budget can bear.

How am I using Patreon? While the site automatically pulls in everything from my YT channel into my activity feed, I only mark a few as Patreon-supported videos. Those are highly edited, nice quality ones – no one gets charged for my silly vlogs. Well, I take that back, if the scrap wrangler happened today, it’d be in there even though it’s silly! But I only link up the highly produced ones that I consider would be worth paying for. And it’s 2-3 per month maximum. So at a buck sponsored per video per month, it costs a patron only $2 – $3 total – easy on the budget.

So how does $3 help? Combined with everyone else’s $3, it adds up to provide support for equipment! With my new room, I’ve found the need for alternative lighting depending on what tutorials I’m shooting, and am hoping to raise funds to install some better lights for close-up work in particular; right now I pile books on the counter to hold the lights at the needed angles, and I need to work out something else.

What does a patron get? I had set some “rewards” that haven’t panned out too well thus far. It seems a lot of creators are toying around with what works – some who got hundreds of people signing up for hangouts realized that wasn’t going to work. I wanted to do monthly google hangouts with the top supporters, but times and dates haven’t been working out, though we’ll try one next week I hope.

Below are some rewards that went out in the mail this week! One group of supporters signed up for stamped images…and I did cards for them too. Plus as a treat, each month I send cards to a couple of the patrons at the other levels too…so everyone will get something within a couple months of becoming a patron. Because I am so darned grateful for the support!

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Papers are by BoBunny from the Camp-a-lot collection; stamps: Cute-asaurus,ย All the Hats<—now on sale at Oozak – lower price than anywhere else I’ve seen!) andย Cowgirl Marci.

One other thing that patrons get – or will continue to get as I do them – are color studies. I’m trying to work out some favorite color combos, and I did a sheet of these Paper Smooches dinosaurs in different greens. This photo shows the images, but patrons got to see it with colors listed on it ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d like to do some test studies like this on an ongoing basis to share with patrons on my activity wall.


Not all the green combos came out exactly as desired, but it was a good learning experience about Gs vs YGs. So it was an experiment that taught me a little something!

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So….a hearty thank you to my patrons…you guys are inspiring me to try new fun things. I’ll be working up something special for next Friday, I hope…crossing my fingers for some good work time coming up soon!

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The first day of the rest of my life!

I guess every day actually has been the first day. I wonder what would happen if we all thought of *today* as a new beginning? This morning I feel like everything’s fresh and new. And scary of course, but I’m only going to look at the fresh and the new, how ’bout that? ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m beginning a new routine, and will be adding some ‘routine’ things to it as I go, just to keep me moving. I’m too much of a couch potato by nature, I think that’s why I make such long to-do lists…so I don’t want to risk that setting in. I’ve committed to Ciara that we’ll go for a walk daily now; she’s gotten short shrift lately, so we did start this morning. And she’ll be posting pics from each morning walk on her Facebook page, so go follow along if you want; I’m hoping that will help us keep on target with walkies! Here’s today’s photo from our warm morning jaunt….she’s just so cute!


I decided my first creative task for my new biz would be to get a frame around my State Department certificate. I wonder how many business owners post a certificate framed with May Arts and Basic Grey, with dimensional adhesive behind the certificate? Yeah, I’m a crafter.


I have a ton of frames I’ve bought at garage sales over the years (it was a crazy obsession for a while!)…but at one point got rid of all the glass. So now I need to go pick up a piece to protect this….but for now, it’s posted! And yes the date is from back in July when I was approved to start the business (btw, shouldn’t someone check to see if Iย knowย how to run a business before licensing me?…eeep!)….but I’m considering today to be Day One of my new LLC anyway. If you have paying work for me, well – you know where to reach me!


So that’s my crafty creation for the day…right now I’m sitting here with a smoothie and prioritizing my to-do list. Yes, a smoothie…my new routine is also going to be eating healthier as well as all that walking. I’ve heard from smokers that the best way to break long-standing habits is to do it when big things change….since normal routines are broken, it’s easier to set new habits. So I’m going to use this as an opportunity to get some new habits in place.

Hope you all have a fabulous first day of the rest of YOUR life!

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Craftin’ rhythm

I’ve been on a bit of a bender with music lately. A beat is the thing that gets my energy up. It gets the creativity flowing. And it just makes me happy! And for someone who’s as middle-aged and caucasian as me, I have kinda weird taste at times…I just love hip hop, rap, r&b, and occasionally rock flavored with one of them. So I’ve been collecting Pandora playlists and testing them out to see what gets me groovin’! Last night I put on a Red Hot Chili Peppers set and morphed that into some Black Eyed Peas, and I packed a gajillion cards to the beat! And all this after my shelves had been empty Sunday night. It’s been a banner week, oh my!

Sandy with boxes

This lil Rockin Doggie from Birdie Brown is also rockin’ out on his card….what a blast he was to color! I picked out some crazy papers from MME’s Bright Side 6×6 – they’re patterns I thought were kinda boyish and rockstarish…the brown pulls in a little of the pup’s color, and his shirt tugs on some of the blues and greens. I let the paper go a little kittywompus since he’s dancing like I do. ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s even kicking up some Fiskars punched stars!
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I also popped a couple parts – his headphones, his glasses, and the guitar with the shirt and arms; they’re popped with Tombow’s Power Adhesive Tabs – which are thinner than the Precious. (Don’t tell her I’m cheatin gon her!)
Copic colors: E49 E17 E19 E99 YR24 Y21 G24 YG11 C8 C6 C4 B14 BG02…I even did a little rockstar fade on the text ๐Ÿ™‚Sandy Allnock Birdie Brown Rockin Pup2

And now…for something completely different. Possibly silly. You be the judge ๐Ÿ™‚ And feel free to share it – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, embed it in a post on your blog. Whatever. Get someone else’s groove on!


I had such a BLAST making this bit of nonsense! I’ve been saving other music pieces that could lend themselves to this kind of thing….so if you’re inclined toward this sort of thing, go leave a like and a comment over on YouTube! Go over and tell me what gets YOUR crafty rhythm going ๐Ÿ™‚


Links listed in the video:
Operation Write Home

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Create something every day

Happy weekend, peeps! I’ve been looking forward to a weekend off since….well, since Monday! lol. I know, I shouldn’t wish away my days all week, but I just love having a couple concerted days to get things done at home ๐Ÿ™‚

One of the things is getting this video finished and published! I’ve been asked by a number of folks from time to time if I had a bio for them to post when they do an article or post about me. So….here it is!


Whatcha think? Does it capture who I am? A little of me thinks it’s too tame, but it’d be nice to have something professional when I need it, so I figured I’d go pretty straight-up with it. It’s also going to be my video on my new One Channel – I’ll be setting that up this weekend I hope. If you haven’t heard about it, YT is changing the channel pages and making it so a channel “looks” good on lots of devices, including tvs. So I need to figure out what to design for a header, etc….and the new channel also has an option to put an intro video out so people who aren’t subscribers are served that video to entice them to sub. Hopefully this one achieves that too!

My card for today is wishing hard for VEGAS! CHA is there this summer, and I’m going with some girlfriends…..I’ll have to do some stuff at the show, but I am SO STOKED to go sit by a pool in the heat for at least a little while! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sparkle’s Swimming Lucy is saving my spot in the pool for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Copic colors: Skin E51 E11 BV000 Hair Y38 YR68 Float YG05 G09 Water and suit BG13 BG45 BG15 Flower Y02 Y38. Sentiment sticker by SRM; papers are from the Studio Calico HeyDay 6×6. Available over at Oozak ๐Ÿ™‚

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Now get out there and create something. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Saturday….time to chill? (plus a vlog!)

Absent for too long….two things and a rant!

I figured I’d do a couple more Dad cards before the OWH deadline (April 30)….I had this image I’d colored that took me ages to complete! I’m not one to take this long, usually, but it was hours and hours of coloring and layering to get this one down.

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Copics: I had a sticky note (this was colored before my nice notebook went into effect) that was on this one – but it had a bunch of yellows and reds listed. SO I’m guessing that one was for another image. Dagnabbit. If I find the right sticky I’ll come back here and edit! Papers by MME – Stella Rose collection. Stamp by MFT. Ribbon from May Arts.Sandy Allnock MFT Whos Watching TV 2

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My Craft Room Tour

See below for lots of still photos too!

1old desk
My old craft desk!
Digital rendering of the cabinets before anything started
2old shipping
The old shipping “table”
3 paint inspiration
Color inspiration
Color inspiration
4paint choices
Deciding what shade of yellow. Or teal
Warning! lol. No, this was not me.
Wall is out, preparing ceiling for sheetrock
Preparing for sheetrock
Someone is confused by all the plastic!
Someone tried to help texture the sheetrock!
Paint getting started.
Nice blue in the hall…
And the other hall. The craft room door is 6feet wide!
Paint getting intense, yeah!
Garage mess
Flooring going in
Flooring, trim, and vent cover
Desk going in
Someone’s new ottoman
17Ciara in window
Perfect to see outside
18Ciara on Rug
Trying out the carpet
Granite countertops
My workspace!
Cardstock, stamps, and more
ikea cupboard
Stamps in CD cases, embellies and stickers in drawers from IKEA
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Vlog…and a sweet summer memory

Hello and happy Saturday! Is anyone else ecstatic that this week is over? It was one crazy thing after another. It had a good ending, but whew. Gettin’ there was a challenge! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve got a vlog for you for once…it’s been ages!

My card for today had to be a nice one after that lil rant…lol. So I’ve got one with a little Birdie Brown image called Summer Memories – she’s such a sweet little girl! And she has a little story too.

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Copic colors: YG05 G24 YG13 RV06 RV04 RV02 E53 E51 Y17 Y05 Y06 YR24 E17 Patterned paper is by Bazzill, Ribbon by May Arts.

This image is one that I’d taken with me to Anaheim for CHA. Well, I didn’t take it for CHA, but I took a bunch of images to color in between things. Like on the plane. Yes, I color on planes!

However, I had hurriedly filled a few of my markers. So….on the plane I had some giant bloooooops! This was one of them….first the E53 blew up on her chin, and then the Y17 went nuts on the flower and made me color in the background. But you know what? I got so excited. I liked the look of coloring in the background! I also had tons of fun with her little dress, adding my own pokladots with a white pen.

The most fun memory of this image, though, was the reactions of kids on the plane. There were a couple little girls, 3 or 4 years old, running up and down aisles. The yellow caught the eye of one, and she noticed I had my “crayons” with me. She stopped to watch for a little while. The other little girl stopped over as well, and I developed a little audience of kiddos! They started picking through my big stack of stamped images, and I told them they could each pick a picture for me to color for them. Fortunately they let me keep the little girl with the yellow sky….since yellow is my favorite color. I ended up giving away a Greeting Farm image and a MelJen Designs teddybear and a couple others, and it was a fun way to pass the time on the plane.

And I exited the plane with yellow fingers after the marker explosion. LOL!

I’m off to color all day today at our LSS in Tacoma…excited to have some quality time with my peeps, and get some projects underway that I haven’t had time to tackle! Hope you have a blessed day!

PS Doctor/dentist reports were fair to good. Doctor said I did “bust my kneecap” but that it’s going to heal up on its own. Dentist? Not quite as stellar, but not as bad as I expected. A couple not-so-fun appointments coming, but I thought it would be a heck of a lot worse after the length of time since I was in a dentist’s chair. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Bloghop: May Arts, meet Scrap Wrangler!


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Merry Christmas everyone! And welcome to my little spot on the May Arts Ribbonista Bloghop! We’re actually sharing on our blogs this week, so I really hope you go to the May Arts blog every day and check out the links to the other ribbonistas. It’s one amazingly talented group of ladies, and you won’t want to miss the holiday inspiration! The bloggers for today are:

Today’s question: Are you all done with your holiday prep yet!?!?

Well, when you get those cards and crafty projects done – don’t lose those scraps! I’ve got a little project for you that’ll use up all your holiday paper and ribbon. “Use it up?” you wonder…”Why do that?” Well, I just discovered something wonderful:

Every year – companies make new paper and ribbon.


I know, I know. Nobody told you either!?!? Let me be the first to break it to you! You can use up the items you have now and then have no guilt in buying the new lines next year, how cool is THAT! If you’re anything like me you always say you’ll use up last year’s first….well do it now, don’t wait til next year. Okay, okay, on to my project!

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I call this project a table wreath; depending on the amount of paper, ribbon, and embellishments you have leftover, you can make something smaller like this “wreath” to use on a table, or if you have a lot of goodies, make a garland for your front room bay window! I simply took all my leftovers, (okay some were 12x12s but I wasn’t going to make more cards with them!), tore them into approximately 4x4ish shapes, and threaded them and anything else that wasn’t nailed down onto a piece of wire. I’ve got beads, bells, spools, snippets of faux berries, diecuts, ornaments – all kinds of fun things in here. Remember if you have heavy items, or if you’ll make a large project, use a heavyduty wire. Be sure it won’t break on you! Watch my quick little video (and wave to Punch when he prances through!) – then tell me what YOUR scrap pile looks like!

And if you have more scraps of other sorts than you know what to do with of a non-holiday kind – go check out the Scrap Wrangler video, that ought to get you in shape!

So tell me…how’s your scrap pile looking? Merry Christmas!!!

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Loss of a hero

My tribute post made on the day much of this footage was shot has been refreshed today in honor of this sad anniversary. Please feel free to watch this on YouTube, or at least go there to leave a comment for Rick’s family.

*I found out the hard way that my mobile template does not show videos! Agh. I’ll try to remember to post the urls for videos so mobile viewers can click on them to watch the video. This tribute video:ย

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Did you see?!? Did you see!?!?!?! OWH WON 2nd PRIZE!!!!!!! A little backstory for my readers (see, aren’t you glad you subscribe or visit me? You get the extra scoop!)……

Last Friday I got an email asking if I’d prefer email or phone notification on Monday. I said phone! lol. Then I received an email on Sunday telling me the news. And was sworn to secrecy! Agh! With no idea how long I had to hold in the secret. So I spent the time planning how to announce it – got an email and blog post ready, and Ciara and I got to working on the video. I did tell our board, because if I didn’t tell someone, I thought I would burst!

Monday I received some paperwork in email to sign and send right back. All day Monday and Tuesday I kept our FB folks hanging by providing definitions for phrases like “pins and needles,” “waiting with bated breath” and “on tenterhooks”…LOL! It felt like I was torturing everyone, but I had to find a way to say something without saying I knew anything. I didn’t wanna lie and say I didn’t know the results! heehee. So…..then J’s said they’d make the annoucement on Wednesday. I made an educated guess that it’d be at midnight tonight, EST – since that’s when they started the voting the first day. And I was right – the video finished uploading to YouTube at just before 9pm Pacific, so when I checked the CFAC page, there were the results – so I could officially share!!!

If for some crazy reason you missed it, here’s Miss Ciara’s announcement!